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Oroboro and Paizo

Last night I went to a friendly local game store, the recently-moved Oroboro games of Bellevue, WA, to take part in a discussion of the Pathfinder books with Erik Mona, James Jacobs, and Wesley Schneider. It was reasonably well-attended, and a nice wide-ranging discussion of Paizo's plans, adventures, style, and goals.

I enjoyed just hanging out with fellow gamers; I spend so much time on message boards and in online communities that sometimes I forget how good it is to see people face-to-face, and hear the excitement of a new gamer or the clever questions from a long-time player. Or getting compliments on one's scarf as well as one's writing. I gotta remember to actually get out to the shops more often and say "Hi". My hermit tendencies are great for writing, but lousy for the social life.

Plus, hey, spoilers galore about Golarion and the setting. I got to see the cover for the Pathfinder Gazetteer, heard more about the planned uses of the Harrow deck I playtested last weekend, and saw art for the second adventure path, "Curse of the Crimson Throne."

The Paizo dropped hints about what the second set of icons will include), what they think of gnomes and dwarves, and even an Ecology article that won't hit until the spring but that already has my mouth watering. I won't reveal it here, after that whole Titivillus/Princes of Hell thing. Seems only fair to let the Paizo gang reveal it on their site, if they want. But yeah, they have plenty of great stuff coming up.

What else? Oh, talked a little about how people are playing the current "Rise of the Runelords" adventures (many tales of its success at the game tables, no surprise). The inevitable "Will 4E suck or rule?" discussion cropped up without any answers. I was as pleased as anyone to hear some Pathfinder #5 and 6 spoilers (Plateau of Leng! Yes!).

Oh, and I had a little talk about Kobold Quarterly with the owner, Steve. Turns out he's eager to carry the magazine, a sentiment which warms the cockles of my publisher heart. And I'm not sure exactly when I polymorphed from a designer into a publisher, but clearly it happened sometime in the last 6 months. Gotta post about that sometime; it's obvious in retrospect, but still came as a surprise to me.

It was nice to get a social night out; it used to be a weekly event for me, but now it's more like once every few months at best. I think I'll be going back to Oroboro on a lunch break sometime soon.

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frabjousdave
Dec. 20th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
You're making me miss a weekly game night more than ever. If and when I return to Seattle (it's likely to happen one day), first thing let's do, let's start a Cthulhu campaign.
the_monkey_king
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
I like the way you think! I hope you do move back to the Seattle area someday, and would be happy to play that CoC game then.
skaldic
Dec. 20th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
that's one of the few things I miss from not being in Redmond any more -- I just discovered Oroboro and then I move to a job in Kirkland, so it's not so easy to get to. I don't even go that way on my commute anymore. Sigh.
ironymaiden
Dec. 20th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
we talk about this periodically at home, how getting wrapped up in the minutiae of games-as-work can make you forget about games-as-fun.
(and really, your best intelligence as a publisher comes from seeing how people behave in the wild, instead of how they talk about it online.)
stroppy_baggage
Dec. 20th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
So, where did it move to? I can't remember if I've been to that one so I'm not sure if the placement on Google is up-to-date.

I might be able to be meet you there some lunchtime.
the_monkey_king
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
It's on 156th, 10 blocks south of Crossroads. Near the Department of Licensing.

Happy to do lunch; shoot me email.
neutronjockey
Dec. 20th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
I just recently found Tulsa hidden Mecca of comic book geeks and gamers.
It's been over a year since I've been around "my kind."

*sniffle*

Home at last.
the_monkey_king
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Hurray! Yeah, it's always great to connect with the Secret Gamer Underground.
halo_ov_fire
Dec. 22nd, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
It's posts like this that make me want to move to Seattle and game.

(Then the "responsibility and income fairy" bashes me in the ear and reminds me of my non-gamer related goals...)
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